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  •  Unexpected tears of joy looking at these pix (2+ / 0-)

    For us at chez 1BQ, it's been an unspeakably lousy year, so I anticipated lots of warm, fuzzy feelings from this diary. But I wasn't prepared for the complexity of the feelings that these pictures evoked in me.

    Happiness first, of course, that many LGBT brothers and sisters, including my SiL, had achieved marriage equality. Even though my SiL has told me she doesn't want to marry her partner, it's important that she be able to do so if she wants.

    Sadness, for those for whom equality is not yet an option because of what state they live in, and for those who didn't live to see the day when they could legally marry the mate of their choice. The tears started flowing as soon as I read the caption of the first pic.

    Anger that so many still cannot marry their mate of choice. Abject fury directed at marriage (and other) bigots.

    Relief that justice is prevailing, even in places where marriage equality probably wouldn't win at the ballot box. It will be the law of the land someday - the tide is unrelenting.

    Frustration (and more fury) that there are still states where marriage equality wouldn't be a winner at the ballot box. What is the matter with those mean, narrow-minded bigots anyway? (Apologies for the redundancy and repetition.)

    And finally, circling back to happiness again. If you'd asked me at the beginning of the year how many states I thought would enact marriage equality this year, I'd have said 3 or 4. Nine is amazing, and striking down DOMA and getting federal recognition of the marriages that are performed in marriage-equality states is another step on the right direction. Here's hoping for full equality at the national level sooner rather than later!

    "'Patriotism' is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson, 1775

    preborner: (n.) one who believes that the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.

    by 1BQ on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 01:40:19 PM PST

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